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Bizarre Mali

Bamako facade
‘It is bizarre to be in Bamako now’, was the thought that came up regularly during my stay in Bamako this January. In the taxis I was observing and having a chat with the driver, along the sandy streets, the polluted air and busy beehive like structures that are markets. 877 more words

"We are at the end of our tether!" What African Women are trying to tell the Microfinance Industry

“[T]he promoters of micro-credits promise to deliver us from poverty and emancipate women. In fact, it is the opposite that happens: we find ourselves trapped in a spiral of over indebtedness, launching infeasible micro-projects that, instead of keeping our heads above water, push us deeper into poverty, stress, humiliation and violence.

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Microfinance

A music festival on the banks of the Niger River has helped establish Mali's cultural capital

In the first week of every February, the streets of Ségou in Mali come to life. Residents from the capital, Bamako, flock to the secondary city to escape the busyness of everyday life and absorb the sights, sounds and colors of the… 919 more words

Mali: Open for business and wooing investors

Mali has a difficult international image: it still struggles to control the country’s north and the investment climate is often deemed unfriendly. Will a forum change all that? 493 more words

Africa

Mopti

We arrived in Mopti, Mali on a Thursday, June 3, 1971.  We were traveling in our trusty DC-3 N161V which had once had a much more glamorous life as a Sears executive plane.   1,371 more words